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Word Problem Wednesday: Math Meets History

Sep 14, 2017

Word Problem Wednesday: Math Meets History

By Mathnasium | Added Sep 13, 2017




Did you know that George Washington was the only American president to be unanimously elected? Or that in early presidential elections the winner would become president and the loser became vice president?

History is full of interesting stories and facts. History can also provide some great opportunities to practice math! We’re excited to share a fun history-themed word problem challenge with you this week. Give it a try below, and check back tomorrow for the solution! 

Question: Matthew learns in history class that the first presidential election in the United States happened in 1789, the second happened in 1792, and the rest have happened every 4 years since then. The most recent election was in 2016. How many presidential elections have happened in the United States in total?

(Portrait of George Washington, above, by Gilbert Stuart)